Typical greywater treatment systems

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture |

Greywater can be treated and reused in the field as irrigation water. The water can be diverted without altering the existing plumbing system. If you want to reuse water from the washing machine, you can pump out the water that you need out of the machine and use the water on the plants. Washing machines have an inbuilt pump that makes pumping of the water quite easy.

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If you do not have a budget for buying the greywater treatment system, are living in a rented apartment or the area between your house and the lawn to be irrigated is made of a concrete patio, you may install a laundry drum. Water is pumped into a large sludge drum that offers temporary storage of the greywater. The water then drains at the bottom through a hose to the field that it is to be irrigated. The method is cheap but requires the hose to be moved to irrigate the whole of the desired area.

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Laundry-to-landscape

A laundry-to-landscape system gives the flexibility in the plants that you would like to irrigate and requires very little maintenance. You do not need to alter the plumbing to use the system. You can connect the washing machine to the diverter valve for the flow of water to the plants. The system directs water towards tubing that is directed to specific plants. The system is easy to install and very flexible for irrigation. It also ensures that the intended plants do get the water.

Water from the shower and sinks

The showers provide relatively clean greywater, which can be used for irrigation. A simple system should make use of the gravity to take the water to the field. You can have a branched drain that splits the flow into smaller sizes of tubes so that the right amount of water reaches they intended plants. The system is time-consuming but easy to manage when it is completed.

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 The water from the kitchen sink has a lot of organic matter content. In some states, the water is regarded as blackwater. To prevent the water from clogging the system, it is good to use mulch basins where the matter collects before the water is used for irrigation. The bathroom sink can be combined with the shower drainage for irrigation purposes.

To learn more of the water treatment and conservation, you can enroll at Open Permaculture School and check Regenerative Leadership Institute at their online portal. The school teaches various disciplines in water management, collection, and conservation.

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Organic Mulching

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture |

When choosing the mulch for your garden or landscape, one option is organic mulches. The mulches come from plant material that decomposes easily and has several benefits to both the oil and plant. Here are some of the impacts:

  • Physical Effects

2812559_orig (2)Organic mulches change the soil’s structure, and this increases the root growth. The addition of mulches such as leaves and shredded barks to the soil has an almost instant impact. In clay soils, organic mulches improve aeration while in sandy soils; the mulches increase the water-retention capacity. If the organic mulch has not undergone decomposition, the mulch can enhance granulation.

When you cultivate the soil when it is too wet, you destroy its good structure. However, when you use mulches, you reduce or eliminate cultivation. Organic mulch also acts a cushion and minimizes the damage that people cause as they walk through the garden when the soil is wet.

  • Chemical Effects

mulches_800The use of organic mulches also affects the soil pH. Many organic mulches increase the pH slightly and make the soil reaction more alkaline. Since organic mulches contain plant materials, they add little quantities of nutrients to the soil as they decompose. These amounts have little impact on the nutrient levels in the soil so you should not consider them a substitute for fertilizer. The micro-organisms that decompose organic matter use a significant amount of nitrogen when you use fast decaying organic mulches. As a result, the nitrogen reserves in the root zone of the plant reduce and if there are no regular additions of nitrogenous fertilizer, there can be a nitrogen deficiency.

  • Biological Effects

Organic mulches act as food for most of the microorganisms in the soil that are useful in maintaining and enhancing the soil granulation. The mulches also maintain the temperature of the soil at a constant so that the microorganisms can carry on with their activities at an even rate.

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Harmful organisms such as bacteria, fungi that cause diseases and nematodes can sometimes get into the soil through organic mulches. Molds also grow on extremely wet organic mulches. You can make a habit of stirring organic mulches occasionally to enable the surface to dry fast and reduce the molds. Rodents and insects can also hole up in some organic mulches take precautions to avoid these problem-causing organisms. You can also introduce weed seeds to your garden when you use hay or straw so ensure they are free of seeds or grains before using them as mulch.

You can know more about organic mulch and the effects it has on your garden or landscape at Open Permaculture and Regenerative Leadership Institute online.

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Factors To Consider When Selecting A Commercial Compost Bin Cleaning Company

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Permaculture |

When you deem it necessary to call in a commercial cleaning company, there ate certain points or factors that you should consider so as to get the best value for your money as well as the best cleaning services. Consider it more or less a criteria that you can use to arrive at the best commercial compost cleaning services. These factors include;

Pricing

One of the criteria for when selecting a commercial compost bin cleaning company that you should consider is your estimated budget range and whether the company falls into that range. Before you decide on your budget range, that is the highest amount you could possibly offer, you should conduct a market research to get a rough estimate of the range to which the company prices fall. You could do an average of about five or so local companies to come up with your budget estimate. While selecting your company, you should then check whether it is within your price range. If it is too expensive but all the other factors check out, then you should consider whether or not you are willing to pay up the extra expense. If yes, then you should. If not, then you should select another company that is withing your price range.

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Types Of Cleaning Resources Used

Resources here refers to equipment and compounds. Your selection should rest more on the cleaning compounds than the equipment. Cleaning compounds are either organic or inorganic. Organic cleaning agents make for the best option when it comes to compost bin cleaning. As a result, you should confirm whether the company you are looking at cleans using the organic cleaning agents. If they do not, then they should explain the measures they put in place to avoid the negative effects of using inorganic cleaning agents. If there are none, then you should avoid that company at all costs.

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Location

The location of the company you select matters. You want a company that is not too far from your own location. That way, in case you have to take the bin or bins to them, it will not cost you so much. At the same time, in case they are to come to the place themselves, they will not take too long and they will not overcharge you because of having offered on site cleaning service.

You could learn about all these and many more criteria on a more complex level at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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Permaculture – The future of modern farming

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Permaculture |

Permaculture and gardening is the future of modern farming

Today, almost everyone relies on industrial production for most of the goods that are used in day to day life. People want cheap fuel, fast food, and goods that are thrown after using them once or twice. Unfortunately, nothing out of these items is made using sustainable environment friendly techniques.  This is when techniques like permaculture come in the picture.

What does it mean?

The world permaculture is derived from two words, permanent and culture. It means reducing dependence on fossil fuels, chemicals and relying more on sustainable processes for producing various items. Permaculture agriculture is slowly gaining popularity these days. It involves using natural non-chemical fertilizers, diverse crop planning, and using local resources to create sustainable atmosphere for agriculture.  It promotes community based interdependent farming with smaller farms instead of big industrial farms.

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Records suggest that permaculture farming was started as an initiative by Australia based ecologist and wildlife biologist Bill Mollison.  Industrial revolution and its impact on overall life and culture started showing its visibility during 70s, and this is when Bill Mollison decided to take steps and face this revolution positively. Bill started studying Mother Nature and shared his findings about sustainable farming with others.  This is when such farming made it in the limelight for the first time.

Permaculture in your garden

Wish to develop garden with minimum efforts and get maximum yield? Try permaculture approach while gardening.

Nitrogen can enrich your garden’s soil and perhaps, this is the reason you would opt for nitrogen releasing fertilizers. Permaculture approach involves using natural substitutes for chemicals. So, instead of using fertilizers, why not use plants that can generate nitrogen? Instead of using poisonous pesticides, you can grow some plants that insects like to eat; this would make sure that they stay away from plants that are important for you.

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Permaculture philosophy is all about creating balance with nature instead of stretching the same. It also helps people to reduce dependence on pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Permaculture philosophy promotes use of animal and plants waste as fertilizers. Most importantly, these principles also work perfectly in abnormal climatic conditions.

Wish to learn more about sustainable farming?

When it comes to learning permaculture, the first name that comes in experts’ mind is Vladislav Davidzon.  His Regenerative Leadership Institute is considered the best organization for permaculture education. Fill Regenerative Leadership Institute sign in form and learn everything about it. The organization is present at 190 plus locations in various countries across the globe.

user_202533You would not only learn to observe natural patterns, but would also enjoy your stay at accommodation facilities that are offered by the institute even while out for camping. Most of their programs focus on social permaculture and regenerative leadership. You would definitely love their non-processed, organic, vegan food offered during the stay at institute.

If you read reviews for the courses offered by this institute you would find that most of the people are happy about whatever they have learned. Courses are suitable for people from all age groups. Professionals like lawyers, doctors, scientists, students and activists opt for these courses.

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Drought Resistant Permaculture System

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute |

    Droughts can be rough, for people and especially for gardens which have plants that need a lot of water. Even if those plants don’t need a lot of water, longer periods without water can damage or destroy most of the plants. And as we can see as years are going by more and more drought periods are happening in all parts of the world. So our task is to try to adapt our plants to these conditions.

Permaculture systems are a powerful tool to have knowledge about, and many showed us and are still showing us that, among who I must mention Regenerative Leadership Institute and its founder Vladislav Davidzon, as well as a world renowned permaculture consultant, designer and teacher Geoff Lawton. Geoff Lawton permaculture design course is focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems and will bring you inspirational examples of permaculture solutions .

    First thing to know is that when you want to start a permaculture system you should aim for plants that grow in the kind of conditions your system will be. They have already adapted to that atmosphere and will have less problems than other plants. At the beginning you should focus on quality not on quantity that comes later. Of course, you should use symbiotic relationships when planting and totally avoid pesticides and non-natural fertilizers. Cutting back on water should be done slowly, don’t drown your garden with a surplus of water.

    In order to create drought resistant plants you will have to sacrifice some. Only the strongest of the plants will survive and from them you should take seeds and nest generation will have the ability to survive droughts better than others. Arabidopsis-sqDoing this with couple of generations will provide you with seeds, that will grow into plants that require less water than any before them. You should note that this will take you a lot of time. Taking a bunch of seeds from regular plant in order to make future generations of it a drought resistant plant can take a lot of time from you and there will be a lot of plants that will die away, and those that die, will serve as a mulch for those that survived.

    Next step in creating a permaculture system that is drought resistant is building of hugelkultur and swales. Both of these things will help your permaculture system to attain a portion of independence from watering and it will be a bit sturdy than before. Hugelkultur, as you know is building a mound that have rotting wood inside which helps plants through nutrition as well as water retention. You can build these mounds to be up to 4 feet tall, but you can also make smaller ones. Hugelkultur will be a home to a number of organisms that will form symbiotic relations with your plants, and they will protect them from outer influence. Hugelkultur also provides food for your plants through decomposure of ingredients of the hugelkultur. Swale or a number of them will gather water and intersperse it to your system without your influence.

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    With all of these things you can create a permaculture system that won’t require your 24 hour a day care to strive.  You will still need to work around it, but with plants that require only minimum attention  and land with hugelkultur to feed you plants you will have almost autonomous permaculture system.

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The ultimate guide to Regenerative Leadership Retreat

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Permaculture, Regenerative Leadership Institute, Regenerative Leadership Retreat |

Ideas of permaculture and sustainable development are gaining on popularity, and more and more people want to experience the ultimate connection with nature and change their lifestyles. Permaculture was originally created in 1970s Australia, when a college professor (Bill Mollison) and his graduate student (David Holmgren) presented a system of beliefs and ideas that were concentrated on nature and the laws that govern everything in environment. Their system was essentially a set of rules and instructions on how to replicate the designs and patterns that exist in nature, in order to make human activity meaningful and directed towards making this planet a healthy, self-sustainable place to live in.

One of Mollison’s students, Vladislav Davidzon, was also inspired by the ideas of preservation and protection of Mother Nature and his entrepreneurial abilities allowed him to make a real difference. He was showing talent towards social business even in young age, since he started a consulting company while still in high school. In later years, Davidzon’s highly successful projects included ThinkHost (the first web hosting company in the world that was powered only on renewable energy sources and was carbon neutral) and Common Circle Expeditions – Sustainable Energy in Motion (bicycle rides through the back roads of Oregon and Hawaii in order to visit farms of organic food and permaculture). However, in 2004 this clever and eco-friendly businessman and activist founded his most popular company – a project he named Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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Regenerative Leadership Institute revolutionized the way permaculture courses were held, since Vladislav Davidzon, the CEO but also an instructor, had incorporated a very pragmatic approach in his classes and insisted on total immersion in nature during the program. Even though the program is available for free in an online version (since 2013), the main idea of this design school is to visit the program and spent some time in nature, i.e. in their Retreat. Retreat is a seven days camping trip whit a set of highly-trained instructors and diverse range of clients that combines some (seemingly) opposite elements: meditation and community, listening and solitude, communication and wilderness, etc.

Several days of the program in Retreat are spent in isolation and solitude, and several in community, with cooking together and discussing various topics. Diversity is encouraged and therefore people of all backgrounds and age groups are welcome. Just some of those topics can be: sustainable living, renewable energy, natural building, smart design, starting permaculture vegetable gardens, recycling of waste, preservation of the soil, economics of permaculture, and many more. Some of the principles that Regenerative Leadership Retreat follows are community, connection, coherency and vision. Tuition for this program includes everything that is necessary for a comfortable stay in nature, from tents and camping gear to organic, healthy food.

Regenerative Leadership Retreat

Since the doors of Regenerative Leadership Institute are wide open for anyone who is willing to make a change in society and to have a once-in-a life-time experience, there is no excuse not to try and visit this amazing course. World-class instructors will share all of their wisdom and knowledge and most people leave the program filling inspired and full of positive, constructive and creative energy.

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